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Veterans Day 2010: Helping Vets Find Legal Resources

Veteran's DayThis Thursday November 11th is Veteran’s Day, also known as Armistice Day in honor of the treaty that ended World War I. Every year, this federal holiday honors veterans who served the United States Armed Forces, during both war and peace. While veterans deserve our respect and gratitude, they also often need our help and support. Many cities have VA clinics and online support groups, but there are also legal resources for veterans in need.

If you know a veteran who needs legal aid, here are a few resources you can direct them to:

US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
The United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims provides veterans with an “impartial judicial forum for review of administrative decisions by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.” Veterans can appeal  for their entitlement to benefits for service-connected disabilities, survivor benefits and other benefits such as education payments and waiver of indebtedness. All veterans have equal access to the Court, and appeals forms can be found and filled out online.

National Veterans Legal Services Program
This site is a one-stop-shop for veteran-related groups, causes and issues. It includes an extensive variety of resources, for example Pro Bono Work and grassroots organizations like Vets for Justice.

National Organization of Veteran’s Advocates, Inc.
NOVA provides training for attorneys and VA-accredited non-attorneys to represent veterans in service-connected disability compensation cases. Veterans can also use it as a resource to find attorneys in their area who can help with their case. NOVA also started a pro bono program in collaboration with the CVA.

Lawyers Serving Warriors
The Lawyers Serving Warriors ™ pro-bono legal help program was launched in 2008 as a subsidiary of the National Veterans Legal Services. Lawyers help Iraq- and Afghan-war veterans who are facing administrative separation, going through a medical evaluation board or physical evaluation board, or pursuing a claim with the VA for disability compensation. While Lawyers Serving Warriors can’t take new cases when they are at capacity, they do have resources on the site on everything from education and employment to financial and legal assistance, and even substance abuse and military and veterans families issues.

American Veterans and Service Members Survival Guide
This e-book is published on the Web site of its sponsor, Veterans for America (VFA), so that veterans can get updated editions quickly and without cost. The survival guide is meant to help veterans, service members and their families cut through bureaucracy, understand the benefits they are entitled to, and find out how to get help.

Finally, veterans and service members can always turn to Rocket Lawyer to create affordable legal documents and find the lawyer who’s right for them, whether it’s in family law, estate planning, or real estate law.

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